Issue No. 09 | State of Play

Game Theory

The games people play can tell us a lot about who they really are. Games are how we prove things to others, and ourselves; they can act as proxies for interpersonal politics and can be used to wield power ... or take it away. At the center of this month’s issue is Darius Clark Monroe’s new documentary Black 14, which explores white pathology in the United States and one community’s vicious response to a group of college athletes’ protests for racial justice. Other stories include The Artists, a digital documentary series about early video-game designers, and tales of female billiards players, flat-track motorcycle racers, and more.

ILLUSTRATION & ANIMATION BY CARI VANDER YACHT

Monologue

Mo’ne Davis: Surviving the Sting of a Bad Loss

One of the most famous young athletes of the 21st century discusses moving on after a devastating loss.

Just for Kicks

In sepak takraw, landing on your feet means you’re probably not playing hard enough.

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Ball Breakers

The life of a female billiards player is built on long hours, bad pay, and frequent travel. But at least you don’t have to share the table with men.

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The Artists

10 Parts | 1 hr 44 min Meet the designers, developers, and programmers who revolutionized video games and turned game design into an art.

Ally Man or Garbage Can?

Meet the game show where your instincts are almost always wrong! From The Nib’s upcoming second season.

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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Engage in Class Warfare

Inside the world of socially-conscious board games.

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Speed Racers

A photographer’s journey into, and out of, high-risk motorcycle racing.

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All in Your Mind: The Game

How to psychologically dominate your friends to win at board games, and maybe, life.

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Level Up

Working as a professional gamer could mean a steady income doing something you love. But not everyone can make the cut.

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Anatomy of a Pinball Machine

How pinball wizardry gets made.

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Black 14

Directed by Darius Clark Monroe and executive produced by Spike Lee, this documentary short tells the story of what happened when a group of college athletes decided to protest racial injustice.

Asking For More: The Lessons of the Black 14

The outrage performed by white people in response to racial justice activism hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years.

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About the Cover: State of Play

All about this month’s roundly entertaining cover image.

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I Want My ChessTV

Welcome to fast-playing, trash-talking, chair-throwing, high-stakes world of online chess.

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Tales of Glory from the 2018 Paralympics

After the Winter Olympics, a new set of elite athletes take to the playing fields of ice and snow.

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Dating Game Theory

Whether you’re whispering sweet nothings or trying to find “the one,” turns out love is just a numbers game.

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